Want to Share a Craft Beer or Special Ale with Mickey Mouse?

So this is interesting for those of you who want a cold brew after a long day at Disneyland. Up until now, you couldn’t grab a beer as you hang out in the park; no alcohol is sold in the park and the only place you can find any is at Club 33, an exclusive restaurant, or Disney-owned hotels. But that’s all about to change.

San Diego-based brewers Ballast Point Brewing will be opening a restaurant and beer garden in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California. They will be selling craft beers and special ales that will be created only for Disneyland.

As Ballast Point Brewing wrote on their Facebook page, “We are so excited to announce our upcoming Tasting Room & Kitchen in Downtown Disneyland! We can’t wait to bring the Ballast Point Brewing Company tasting room experience to this magical place. This incredible space will house a three-barrel R&D brewery, restaurant and beer garden.”

Kevin M. Killoren Explains: Make Your Business Travel More Comfortable

Being on the road for work can really become a drag, as you pine away for your New York loft and wonder how you’re going to do another week in Atlanta. There are certainly some ways to make it more enjoyable and comfortable, however, and a location like VIP Corporate Housing with Owner Partner Kevin M. Killoren can definitely make the difference. Their idea is a brilliant one; rather than staying in a hotel or trying to find another option when you’re away on business, you can stay in a beautiful, fully equipped apartment and pay by the day or month.

How does it work? Kevin M. Killoren and VIP Corporate Housing explain that they have fully furnished apartments set up in an array of locations around the United States. The apartments come with everything including a fully equipped kitchen. The apartments are located in regular apartment communities, so they include fitness centers, swimming pools, sports courts and even the ability to bring your pet along.

For the busy executive who still wants to feel at home when he’s away on the road, The VIP Corporation Housing with Kevin M. Killoren is the perfect way to have it all without breaking the bank. They offer one, two and three bedroom options across the Midwest and throughout the country and many of these locations include concierge services, VIP Events and even golfer clubs. It’s nice to know that you have a home away from home, even if you need to go to five different locations in the course of six months (or less) and to know you can curl up with a good book or watch some great TV in the comfort of a fully furnished apartment.

Moxy – Your Home Away From Home in New York City

Well, this is certainly something worth knowing about. There is a new hotel in New York City that just might offer a way for the budget traveler to enjoy this expensive location. Moxy Time Square is on 36th Street and 7th Avenue and is advertising with some very racy marketing. Its tagline is “Get A Room” and it is located in a building built in 1907 for the New Mills Hotel.

This hotel is definitely for the hip youngsters with its self-service check-in, touchscreen kiosks and keyless entry via the Marriott Mobile App. The rooms have a very comfy feel to them with folding furniture designed by Yabu Pushelberg, open-pegboard closets and more.

As Toni Stoeckl, Marriott’s Global Brand Leader and Vice President said, “Moxy pushes the envelope, so we tossed out the rulebook. The result has been a hotel experience like no other – fun, edgy, playful, and all at a killer price.”

TripAdvisor 2017: A Year in Review

It’s always fun to see the end of the year statistics from TripAdvisor. More than 820,000 properties around the world received their first TripAdvisor review in 2017. London was the city with the most reviews and the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana received the most reviews of any hotel. Who wrote the most reviews? Japanese travelers did.

One interesting fact – Pasteis de Belem is a bakery in Lisbon that received more than 10,000 reviews and had the most of any eatery in the world. Eritrea won as the least reviewed country.

Find out more details and have fun on your travels in 2018!

 

 

 

An Entire Town On The Move

If you haven’t heard of Kiruna, a town in northern Sweden, you’ll want to read this. The town and its 18,000 residents is moving. That’s right, the entire town is relocating to New Kiruna which is two miles to the east of the original town. They are undertaking this monumental task over the course of 20 years. Learn more about this fascinating story and why it’s taking place.

The Art of Japanese Vending Machines

You’ve probably never given much thought to Japanese vending machines, but if you’ve visited Japan then you might know what we mean. There are over 5.5 million vending machines in Japan – one for every 23 people! This is the highest ratio in the world and you can find machines that sell just about everything. The machines include vibrant colors and bright lights that really stand out at night. Now, photographer Eiji Ohashi has created a book showcasing these machines at night. The book is called “Roadside Lights.”

As Ohashi said, “I started this project nine years ago, when I noticed a shiny vending machine near my home as I was coming back from my night shift. At the time, I was living in a town in the north of Japan that would get hit by terrible blizzards during the winter months. I’d drive my car in (these) conditions and use the light of the vending machines to guide me.”

The crime rate is also very low in Japan, allowing the machines to stand in rural areas without being vandalized. As Ohashi said, “You can put them anywhere and they won’t be stolen or harmed. Furthermore, they work even when they’re buried in snow as they are maintained regularly — something which shows how methodical Japanese people are.”

His exhibit is at Galerie &co119 in Paris from Dec. 7, 2017 to Jan. 18, 2018.